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Nov 24, 2015
Jonah is a a child soldier who hates guns and arms dealer who he hates because he blames the for selling the guns who killed his family. However, he ends up working as a body guard for the enigmatic illegal arms dealer Koko Hekmatyar.

With Jormungand we delve into the murky world of illegal arms dealing and the contradictions that go with. We follow Koko and her band of mercenaries as she makes arms deal with anyone who can make her money, rival arms dealers whilst dodging assassins and the CIA. One thing is for sure, where Koko goes death surely follows.

One thing Jormungand does too read more
Oct 9, 2015
Samurai 7 is a futuristic version of Kurosawa Akira's classic film Seven Samurai. For those who do not know the film the story is set at the end of a civil where frightened villagers are terrorised by Samurai who have become a band of bandits. In desperation a handful of villages go to the city to hire Samurai with the only thing they have to offer, rice.

There search is less than successful as they are often conned by poor Samurai who just want a free meal or dismissed wealthier Samurai. Eventually they manage to hire a less than inspiring group of 7 Samurai, Kambei the read more
Sep 15, 2013
Sometimes when I write a review I find myself being too negative focusing on the flaws too much all the while the subject good scores. For Full Metal Panic I will start on the main flaw of the show as it has a major impact on its enjoyment.

What may it be? Full Metal Panic has something for everyone, mecha, romance, action. A good story with a real bad ass, I love to hate him bad guy, great characters, animation that is standing the test of time and a great sound track. Well the problem is the presentation. It is clear from the start that the read more
Sep 11, 2013
I don't think there is a better animator around at the moment than Shinkai Makato. It is a little hard to believe that this visually stunning short animation was made for a trade exposition.

Due to the shortness of the animation it is difficult to write a detailed review. Shinkai Makato once again delivers with the animation and once again Shinkai Makato produces an animation where the story revolves around the sense of loss.

The sense of loss comes from being apart for the first time and nothing appears to be going right yet a sense of loss brings the Father and daughter back together again bringing read more
Jun 12, 2013
In anime there are some intense stories such as Elfen Lied, some challenge you intellectually like Aoi Bungaku but sometimes you just want to be entertained and not think very hard about it.

Zero no Tsukaima is a show just for that. You can put your mind in neutral and just enjoy.

There is a lot wrong with Zero no Tsukaima. The animation is not very good, The story feels like its of secondary importance, you can see the plot twists a mile away and it has just about every harem cliche in the book but somehow it works.

The main reason it works is that it read more
Jun 12, 2013
Roanapur is in a state of panic. There are rumours that Roberta, the killer maid from season 1, is back, mentally unstable and out for revenge. To make it worse hot on her heels is the US Army and FARC who are hell bent on putting the Bloodhound down for good. Who can stop her and stop the US Army putting Roanapur's criminal enterprises out of business, Hotel Moscow, the Triad, Colombians or Mafia?

The rumours are true and begins a brutal blood path in which even Roanapur's finest killers are unable survive in.

Roberta's Blood Trail feels like the Black Lagoon the producers wanted to make read more
Jun 1, 2013
Okajima Rokuro, a young and put upon Japanese businessman, is given his big break and sent to the East China sea to delivery a disk. However, his boat is hijacked by a "delivery company" for the criminal world called Black Lagoon and Rokuro is kidnapped with the disk for his potential ransom value. Unfortunately for Rokuro he is told by his superiors to throw himself in to the sea to cover up his company's shady and illegal business deal. With nowhere else to go Rokuro is invited to join Black Lagoon by its sympathetic employees and nicknamed Rock.

Black Lagoon is an extremely violent and wild read more
May 31, 2013
In Kotonoha no Niwa Shinkai Makato has gone back to his strengths. A small cast with the focus on just two characters with a story that makes you feel like you are blissfully flowing down river on a calm day which dramatically ends when you reach the sea.

Once again, from an animation perspective, Shinkai Makato has produced a visual masterpiece. It could be said it is his best work. The mixing of animation style, the mood creating colour and the attention to detail. Kotonoha no Niwa is simply just stunningly beautiful to watch.

The story follows Takao a high school boy dreaming of being a shoe read more
Apr 25, 2013
If there is one thing anime can get away with compared to other forms of entertainment is outlandish stories. Mirai Nikki is no exception and it has to be said the story is the weakest part of the series. The first half of the series is actually quite good but the second becomes a little ridiculous.

However, I'm not going to write much of a review. I'm just talk about the situation Amano Yukiteru finds himself in. Yukiteru is one of those annoying cry-baby characters who is a bit of an outcast and find themselves in a situation where their always in extreme danger.

Luckily for read more
Apr 10, 2013
A Japanese tourist witnesses a murder while on holiday and is chased, cornered by the assassin, Phantom, and given a choice become an assassin or die.

From this point on he has one purpose, become the new Phantom the most feared figure in the underworld bringing destruction to the most powerful criminals in America. Brainwashed, controlled by Inferno, a criminal organisation aiming to take control of the underworld, no more than its tool and no recollection of his past he begins to live in a world full of violence and betrayal.

And violence and betrayal is what Phantom is about. Names matter only in the sense read more